Grant is correct about the audio! Owners of the O2/V2 as a group tend to
gloss over this deficiency, and I suppose as long as they are happy
sounding the way they do then there is not a problem for them. But in fact
there is a big difference in the way the audio in an O1/V1 sounds compared
to an O2/V2. The O1 /V1 has a full spectrum audio that is much better than
what I am hearing on the O2.
V2 for the O1 is even worse however and needs a complete over haul.
One thing I have noticed since monitoring the Flex Radio reflector is that
the Flex Radio people are communicating on an almost daily basis with their
customers keeping them informed about what is coming up next and what is
being fixed currently. They also give estimated timelines for fixes and new
features. I was very impressed with this and wish that TT could adopt a
similar program for keeping their customers up to date on what is being
worked on and what the priorities are, and also timelines for accomplishing
certain fixes, etc.
As Ten Tec customers we are pretty much left in the dark and this results in
confusion and and dissatisfaction and we are always wondering what is going
on with this or that problem.
A little contact by TT with their customer base would go a long way.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Grant Youngman" <email@example.com>
To: "'Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2006 9:19 AM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Orion II Freqency response graph
> > I was talking to a guy on 60 meters using my O2. Rick N8MFN
> > if anyone wants to verify. Oddly, he understood everything I said.
> > I am not sure what problem we are trying to fix in this thread.
> My next door neighbor and I (when we were 5 or 6) used string and
> We could understand everything each of us said as well :-)
> The "problem" is two-fold. Of course, that depends on whether you think
> there's a problem or not.
> First, the implemented frequency response of the II/v2 is incorrectly
> documented in the manuals, AND on the radios SSB menu. The manuals and
> menus indicate that the SSB transmit frequency response can be opened to
> 50-3900 Hz at -6db points. This is not the case.
> While it true at the high frequency end, the low frequency adjustment --
> practice -- ranges from about 250-450 Hz, as opposed to the 50-300 Hz
> indicated on the radios controls and the documentation. I admit that one
> could choose to chalk this up to "documentation error". I choose to call
> a problem. It would still be a problem if the documentation were updated,
> too! If you had a v1 Orion, and traded it in on a II, thinking you were
> getting an upgraded version of the same radio and not a "new" radio that
> totally different in many key ways you might also consider it a problem.
> Second, while the II/v2 now boasts a sort of flat response in AM mode from
> around 20-3500 Hz, the SSB response curves have been substantially
> as indicated above. And in fact, even the AM curve falls short on the
> frequency end. Not only that, it is fixed and no longer adjustable in the
> 50-3900 Hz range that the SSB bandwidth in the v1 Orion was adjustable,
> that is claimed for the II/v2 (but which is claimed incorrectly). In the
> v1 Orion, one could EQ audio once -- and know that one sounded about the
> same in either AM or SSB. That is no longer the case in the II/v2. One
> could choose to chalk this up to "I only operate SSB so who cares". I
> choose to call it a problem.
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